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The Iranian regime’s interests begin and end here: http://www.reuters.com/investigates/iran/#article/part1 The sowing of chaos and confusion through disinformation and manipulation conforms with the post-Soviet arrangement signaled by the promotion of feudalism endorsed by Putin, Assad, and Khamenei. The story’s about individual wealth and absolute power, and there’s not much more to it than that.

The modern Jewish credo and ethos may have been set by Hillel the Elder between 70-BCE and 10-CE, a period to be noted in the history of religion and in the formation of the “Abrahamic Faiths” especially. Hillel’s most famous statement and the three questions:

“That which is distasteful to thee, do not do to another. That is the whole of Torah. All of the rest is commentary” (“Now go and study” — the whole was addressed to a convert).

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? If not now, when?”

Jewish humanism and universalism — for which I blame Hillel 🙂 — far exceed, and have always far exceeded personal and parochial interests. They are a part of what binds personalities as diverse as Karl Marx, Woody Allen, Albert Einstein, and Felix Adler (who?). Of course, Jews do not have the lock on the observation of the universe or the universal in living, but what drives the study, the humor, the insight, and the humanism comes very much of the rejection and abandonment of Pharaonic power, i.e., the power of the despot. The Jews and “the mixed multitude” continue pioneering through time in search of a more kind and principled humanity.

” . . . the power of the despot and the shared humanity of humanity” is what should have been said.

Anti-Semitic and bullying — sometimes mild and polite — “Jew baiting” has its upside in the inspiration of some cool thought now and then; however, who is not full-up on words, Words, WORDS!?

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